Dr Eric Harshfield

University position

Research Associate


Department of Clinical Neurosciences


Neurology Unit



Home page

http://www.neurology.cam.ac.uk/neurolo... (personal home page)

Research Theme

Clinical and Veterinary Neuroscience


My current research primarily focuses on utilising epidemiological, clinical, genetic, and imaging data to investigate relationships between vascular risk, stroke, and dementia. Examples of specific projects that I have been involved in include (1) investigating the causal role of haematological traits in stroke and its subtypes using Mendelian randomisation, and (2) performing a pooled individual patient analysis of clinical trials on stenting for symptomatic vertebral artery stenosis.

Research Focus







Clinical conditions

Alzheimer's disease

Cardiovascular diseases

Cerebrovascular disorders


Depressive disorders

Genetic disorders



Cross-sectional and cohort studies


Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Mendelian randomization

Neuropsychological testing

Positron Emission Tomography (PET)

Randomised control trials

Recombinant protein expression



Will Astle

Hugh Markus

Willem Ouwehand

Matt Sims

Matthew Traylor

United Kingdom

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Ale Algra Web: https://www.umcutrecht.nl/en/Rese...

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Associated News Items



    Harshfield EL, Sims MC, Traylor M, Ouwehand WH, Markus HS (2020), “The role of haematological traits in risk of ischaemic stroke and its subtypes” Brain 143(1):210-221


    Harshfield EL, Koulman A, Ziemek D, Marney L, Fauman EB, Paul DS, Stacey D, Rasheed A, Lee JJ, Shah N, Jabeen S, Imran A, Abbas S, Hina Z, Qamar N, Mallick NH, Yaqoob Z, Saghir T, Rizvi SNH, Memon A, Rasheed SZ, Memon FU, Qureshi IH, Ishaq M, Frossard P, Danesh J, Saleheen D, Butterworth AS, Wood AM, Griffin JL (2019), “An unbiased lipid phenotyping approach to study the genetic determinants of lipids and their association with coronary heart disease risk factors” J Proteome Res 18(6):2397-2410

    Markus HS, Harshfield EL, Compter A, Küker W, Kappelle LJ, Clifton A, van der Worp HB, Rothwell P, Algra A, on behalf of the Vertebral Stenosis Trialist’s Collaboration (2019), “Stenting for symptomatic vertebral artery stenosis: a preplanned pooled individual patient data analysis” Lancet Neurol 18(7):666-673


    Stacey D, Fauman EB, Ziemek D, Sun BB, Harshfield EL, Wood AM, Butterworth AS, Suhre K, Paul DS (2018), “ProGeM: a framework for the prioritisation of candidate causal genes at molecular quantitative trait loci” Nucleic Acids Res 47(1):e3

    van der Laan SW, Harshfield EL, Hemerich D, Stacey D, Wood AM, Asselbergs FW (2018), “From lipid locus to drug target through human genomics” Cardiovasc Res 114(9):1258-1270


    Burgess S, Harshfield E (2016), “Mendelian randomization to assess causal effects of blood lipids on coronary heart disease: lessons from the past and applications to the future” Curr Opin Endocrinol Diabetes Obes 23(2):124-30


    Chowdhury R, Alam DS, Fakir II, Adnan SD, Naheed A, Tasmin I, Monower MM, Hossain F, Hossain FM, Rahman MM, Afrin S, Roy AK, Akter M, Sume SA, Biswas AK, Pennells L, Surendran P, Young RD, Spackman SA, Hasan K, Harshfield E, Sheikh N, Houghton R, Saleheen D, Howson JM, Butterworth AS; Cardiology Research Group, Raqib R, Majumder AA, Danesh J, Di Angelantonio E (2015), “The Bangladesh Risk of Acute Vascular Events (BRAVE) Study: objectives and design” Eur J Epidemiol 30(7):577-87

    Harshfield E, Chowdhury R, Harhay MN, Bergquist H, Harhay MO (2015), “Association of hypertension and hyperglycaemia with socioeconomic contexts in resource-poor settings: the Bangladesh Demographic and Health Survey” Int J Epidemiol 44(5):1625-36


    Chowdhury R, Harshfield E, Roy S, Flora MS, Akram KA, Bhuiya A, Ahsan H (2014), “Life, health, and safety of industrial workers in bangladesh: should they be driven by economic rationale or moral imperative?” J Occup Environ Med 56(4):e12-3


    Harshfield E, Lantagne D, Turbes A, Null C (2012), “Evaluating the sustained health impact of household chlorination of drinking water in rural Haiti” Am J Trop Med Hyg 87(5):786-95